The Odisha government will now turn its attention to aggressively vaccinate people against Covid-19 in the rural pockets of the State so that the inoculation exercise can be completed to a large extent before a possible third wave of the pandemic hits the State, Director, Odisha Health and Family Welfare Department, Bijay Panigrahi said on Thursday.
Days after the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) claimed to have achieved 100 percent vaccination against Covid-19, the serpentine queues at vaccination centres in the Capital city has heated up political blame game.
Hundreds of people blocked the NH 57 near Adenigada in Boudh district protesting shortage of Covid-19 vaccines at the local centre
OTV visited the remote Pendajam village near Mathalaput in the tribal dominated district and met local ASHA worker Reena Jani, whose multiple photographs clicked by the late journalist once dominated International media space.
10,98,62,585 persons in the age group of 18-44 years across 37 states/UTs have received their first dose, while 35,08,932 persons have received their second dose since the start of the Phase-3 of the vaccination drive.
The government has already clarified that Covid-19 vaccines are safe for pregnant women and the special inoculation drive will be carried out as per the guidelines issued.
A fraction of the beneficiaries have been found infected with Covid 19 after vaccination. Their number stands at only 0.13 per cent of the total vaccinated population, said the Director, Health Services, Dr Bijay Moahapatra.
While social distancing norms are violated, chaotic and stampede like situations also witnessed at vaccination centre across the State.
In the wake of the controversy surrounding the alleged concealing of Covid deaths in the State, the Odisha Government on Tuesday sought to clarify by stating that the death figures updated by the government every day is not based on the fatalities reported on a particular day.
A total of 4,02,434 doses were administered to beneficiaries at 1735 centres across the State
The State government of Odisha has asked the authorities of all districts and municipal corporation bodies not to begin administration of Covid vaccines to pregnant women until the orientation programme for the exercise is completed.
The State Health Department of Odisha has requested the Centre to allocate the balance Covid vaccine doses under private hospitals share to the State government.
The State government of Odisha on Friday announced to introduce Covaxin for inoculation of people aged 18 years and above in the district of Ganjam. Manufactured by the Bharat Biotech will be soon rolled out for vaccinating people in Ganjam district including the Berhampur Municipal Corporation area from the month of July.
As many as 20 persons will be administered the Russian-manufacture vaccine on the first day and later the number will be increased, sources said adding that Care Hospital has procured 600 vaccine vials in the first phase.
Tamil Nadu chief minister, M.K. Stalin has announced a cash prize of Rs 3 crore for those athletes who wins gold in the Tokyo Olympics which is starting from July 23.
Earlier, the State government was supplying vaccines to private hospitals as part of an extension of government CVC vaccination to ramp up the immunization drive in the State. The private hospitals were charging only service charges from the beneficiaries.
In yet another initiative to help boost the ongoing vaccination drive against Covid-19, the Ganjam district administration has requested all vendors to vaccinate themselves and put up vaccination certificate in front of their shops.
In the line of the Union Health Ministry’s revised guidelines for Covid vaccination, Odisha government on Wednesday included Ration Card with photograph as another prescribed photo ID card for verification of beneficiary prior to vaccination.
"The Centre will provide vaccines to all states and UTs free of cost as already has been announced. Vaccines manufacturers in India will sell up to 75 per cent of their total stock to the Centre and the remaining 25 per cent, they can sell to the private healthcare centres."
In a letter to Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Secretary, Odisha Additional Chief Secretary PK Mohapatra urged the former to revise the private vaccine allocation ratio of 75:25 to 95:5 ratio for the State.
The civic body made special arrangements to inoculate the beneficiaries including students who will be traveling to foreign countries to study, work and participate in sports events.
Call it conspiracy theory or bizarre happenstance, but slowly claims regarding induction of electromagnetism in body after administration of Covid vaccines are spreading like wildfire.
A hacker group that goes by the name of "Dark Leak Market" claimed, via a tweet, that they have the database of about 15 crore Indians who registered themselves on the CoWIN portal and are reselling it for $800 since they are not the "original leakers" of the data.
Kejriwal's remarks came during a visit to inspect ongoing vaccination drives for people above 45 years at Sarvodaya Vidyalaya located at Lancer Road. The AAP-led Delhi government has started administering Covid jabs for those above 45 age groups at polling booths in each municipal ward.
The city municipal corporation authorities here has expedited the second dose of Covid vaccination for the beneficiaries under the age category of 18 to 44 years. The third phase of Covid vaccination is continuing in the city since May 3.